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New Mexico Public Education Department: Information Technology Computer Science Pathway Project

Deadline: March 1, 2018

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) College and Career Readiness Bureau (CCRB) are supporting the design and implementation of fully developed, four-course-sequence, programs of study in the Information Technology (IT) Career Cluster. CCRB will promote the development of high-quality IT and computer science programs in high schools in New Mexico as part of a comprehensive career technical education curriculum. Funds from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act will be awarded to sites that develop and deliver programs of study that build student skills in high-need computer science pathways. A key feature of Perkins programs is supporting students who pursue non-traditional careers; funded programs will support inclusive recruitment to ensure that female students are encouraged to consider computer science careers.

The goal of the Information Technology-Computer Science Pathway Project (IT-CS) Project is to increase the number of teachers and students across the state participating in high-quality IT pathways that support students (grades 9th-12th) in completing a four-year, high school Program of Study (POS) and successfully transition into a postsecondary certification, degree, and career. The pathways being proposed for development and implementation in this IT-CS Project are:

1. Network Systems Pathway: Cisco Network Systems: Students in this POS will learn the skills in information and communication technology that lead to two industry-recognized certifications before graduation (https://www.netacad.com and https://www.wastc.org). It is expected that a student completing the program of studies listed above will transition to postsecondary college and career able to comprehend and complete a degree or credential pathway, unless otherwise noted. Courses to be offered include:

  • IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software, an introduction to computer components, laptops and portable devices, wireless connectivity, security, safety, environmental concerns, and diagnostic tools
  • Computer Science/Programming, a course that provides the background knowledge and skills to construct computer programs in one or more languages
  • CCNA Routing and Switching Part 1, a gateway to entry-level networking jobs and IT careers
  • CCNA Routing and Switching Part 2, a continuation of Part 1 that consists of two units: Scaling Networks and Connecting Networks

2. Information support and services: GenYES Information Support and Services: Students in this POS will be well-prepared to enroll in the AP computer science principles courses (https://www.genyes.org). Courses to be offered include:

  • Computer Technology Assistant I, this course provides an essential introduction to GenYES, including GenYES basics information literacy, digital citizenship, and foundational software to ensure all students are informed on common software and practices
  • Computer Technology Assistant II, this course provides continued knowledge and skill development in content creation from Computer Technology Assistant I
  • Computer Technology Assistant III, this course continues to engage students in content creation, IT support, and mentoring
  • Computer Science Principles, this course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world

3. Programming and software development:

A. Oracle Academy Database design and programming: Students in this POS will learn the skills to develop database-driven web applications and sit for assessment in industry-recognized certifications (https://academy.oracle.com/en/oa-web-overview.html). Courses to be offered include:

  • Data Systems/Processing—Database Foundations, a course that introduces students to basic relational database concepts
  • Database Design & Programming, a course that teaches students to analyze complex business scenarios, design and create data models, and create databases using SQL
  • Database Programming with PL/SQL, a course that introduces students to PL/SQL
  • Computer and Information Sciences—Application Development Foundations, a course that introduces students to the techniques and tools required to develop database-driven web applications

B. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) programming and software development: This pathway offers a computer science program that includes two courses that are approved College Board AP classes. Teachers trained by PLTW become qualified to teach these courses at the AP level (https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-computer-science). Courses to be offered include:

  • PLTW—Introduction to Computer Science (ICS), a half credit course that is designed to be the first computer science course for students who have never programmed before
  • PLTW—Computer Science Principles (CSP), a course that uses Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation
  • PLTW—Computer Science A, a course that focuses on further developing computational thinking skills through the medium of Android™ App development for mobile platforms
  • PLTW—Cybersecurity, a course that introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy

See the solicitation for timeline of activities and other requirements, including attendance at workshops and professional development sessions, for Programs of Study.

Amount: Dependent upon POS, as detailed below:

  • Cisco Network Systems: At least four school districts and up to two teachers per district will be selected to participate. Participating schools within districts will each receive $9,925.
  • GenYes: At least four school districts and up to two teachers per district will be selected to participate. Participating schools within districts will each receive $10,350.
  • Programming and Software Development-Oracle Academy: At least four school districts and up to two teachers per district will be selected to participate. Participating schools within districts will each receive $11,625.
  • Programming and Software Development-Project Lead the Way: At least four school districts and up to two teachers per district will be selected to participate. Participating schools within districts will each receive $11,275.

Eligibility: Public local education agencies (LEAs), including districts and state-supported charter schools. The PED is especially seeking eligible entities who serve students attending struggling (D or F) schools in low-income areas, rural areas, and non-or limited- Carl D. Perkins funded LEAs.

Link: http://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/information/rfps-rfis-rfas/

Notes: Webinar presentations will be provided for each POS, as detailed below. Login details are available on the PED website (http://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/officesandprograms/college-career-readiness/news-and-meetings/).

  • Webinar presentation and workshop for the Network Systems with the Cisco POS is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2018 at 4pm.
  • Webinar presentation and workshop for the Information Support and Services with the GenYES Program is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 2:45pm.
  • Webinar presentation and workshop for the Database Design and Programming with Oracle Academy Program is scheduled for Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 2:45pm.
  • Webinar presentation and workshop for the Programming and Software Development with Computer Science and Cybersecurity Project Lead the Way Program is scheduled forThursday, February 7, 2018 at 4pm.

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